East West

East West

by Kerry Moy
     
 
Japanese bred artists like Hiroshima and Keiko Matsui have made an attractive blend of Eastern and Western elements work in the smooth jazz realm. Kerry Moy goes a step further on his aptly titled Noteworthy Records debut East West. Invoking the slow building atmospheric new age rock jams popularized by

Overview

Japanese bred artists like Hiroshima and Keiko Matsui have made an attractive blend of Eastern and Western elements work in the smooth jazz realm. Kerry Moy goes a step further on his aptly titled Noteworthy Records debut East West. Invoking the slow building atmospheric new age rock jams popularized by Tangerine Dream, the guitarist on tracks like "The Art of War" (featuring the gentle harp-like koto sounds of Hiroshima's June Kuramoto) and "Blue Samarai" explores the power of electric guitar-oriented rock in a meditational setting, almost as if Led Zeppelin dropped in at a Zen-Buddhist service and then the disciples all got up and danced. On the eight minute opening track "Ming Dynasty," Moy-who is Chinese-layers a swirling mix of classical guitar, wordless vocal chanting by Kimaya Seward and Michael Paulo's silky soprano sax and flute over a throbbing hip-hop groove. Though the mystical, new agey elements dominate, Moy and Paulo (who co-produced) have pop foremost on their minds on the laid back "The Peaceful Warrior," which features a casual acoustic guitar-alto call and response conversation throughout. The genre is better known for its accessiblity than spirituality, and it's inspiring to see how Moy integrates the two so seamlessly.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/1998
Label:
Noteworthy
UPC:
0783481970221
catalogNumber:
9702

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Performance Credits

Kerry Moy   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Classical Guitar
Michael Paulo   Synthesizer,Flute,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Jessica Williams   Vocals
Dwayne Smith   Electric Bass
Bob Birch   Electric Bass
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Kimo Cornwell   Piano
David Enos   Electric Bass
June Kuramoto   Koto
Land Richards   Drums
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Electric Bass
Kimaya Seward   Vocals
Mark Vincent   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Michael Paulo   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Adam Yurman   Illustrations
Kerry Moy   Producer,Executive Producer
Alfi Gunawan   Executive Producer

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